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In wake of lucrative extension, Vikings’ Adam Thielen wonders ‘what if?’

Six years after catching on with the MN Vikings' practice squad, WR Adam Thielen has a contract extension that could be worth as much as $73 million with incentives.

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Court again says MN should release voter data, Secretary of State Simon vows to appeal

Should the public know if a voter’s eligibility has been challenged? How about if they’ve been convicted of a felony? Secretary of State Steve Simon doesn’t think so and he’s planning to challenge his second legal defeat on the matter. But the Minnesota Voters Alliance says that type of...

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Prosecutors: Wisconsin teen typed plan to kill grandparents

APPLETON, Wis. — A 17-year-old typed out pages on how he planned to fatally shoot his grandparents and law enforcement found those notes with a book on an executioner in the teen’s backpack after he called 911 and confessed to the killings, prosecutors in Wisconsin said Tuesday. Alexander M....

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Lawyer for suspect in Mall of America attack raises questions about client’s mental health

A man accused of throwing a 5-year-old boy from a third-floor balcony at the Mall of America said little Tuesday during his first court appearance but appeared lucid and followed the court’s directions. Emmanuel Aranda, 24, of Minneapolis, is charged with attempted premeditated first-degree murder...

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Woman who says Chinese billionaire raped her in Minneapolis files lawsuit

A woman who said she was raped by JD.com founder Richard Liu filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the billionaire and his company alleging he and other wealthy Chinese executives coerced her to drink during a dinner in the hours before she was attacked in Minneapolis. Jingyao Liu, a student at the...

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Tim Walz had 20 minutes with Donald Trump on Air Force One. Why he talked about only disaster relief (and Notre Dame fire).

On the television, the cathedral of Notre Dame burned in Paris, and both men marveled in disbelief at the travesty, according to Walz. Then Trump turned to the governor: "I got your letter on disaster relief."

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Gophers men’s basketball recruit picks Wichita State

The Gophers men’s basketball team missed out Tuesday on recruiting target Grant Sherfield for its 2019 class. The 6-foot-2, three-star point guard from Wichita, Kan., picked Wichita State. “Glad to be back where it all started,” he tweeted. “I’m coming home.” Sherfield signed with UCLA...

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Minnesota cop’s trial raises questions about code of silence

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Testimony in the trial of a former Minneapolis police officer who shot and killed an unarmed woman after she called 911 to report a possible sexual assault near her home has shined a light on officers' actions at the scene and raised questions about whether they were trying to...

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Loons being cautious with defender Ike Opara

United is being cautious with defender Ike Opara after his head-to-head collision in a 3-3 draw with New York City last weekend. The Loons' best central defender is questionable for Friday's game at Toronto.

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Hal Brands: Liberalism is under siege, and conservatives can save it

How can democratic countries resist their authoritarian rivals abroad at a time when illiberal ideas are on the rise at home? This was a challenge faced by the parties of the American and European center-left during the Cold War, when the need for a strong stand against the Soviet Union led them to...

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Meet the man Gov. Walz has hired to fix MN’s troubled DMV computer system

Minnesota  Gov. Tim Walz has named Tarek Tomes to fill his last open cabinet position, commissioner of the state’s information technology department. Walz and Tomes acknowledged at a news conference Tuesday the challenges that Tomes will face as head of Minnesota IT Services, also known as...

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Man used machete in string of Target store robberies in St. Paul, charges say

A Minneapolis man is accused of robbing Target stores across the Twin Cities armed with a machete. Abdikadir Ayanle Ali, 32, was charged via warrant in Ramsey County District Court on Tuesday with four counts of first-degree aggravated robbery in connection with the robbery spree, according to the...

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Ilhan Omar pulls in nearly $830K in 1st quarter fundraising

U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar has raised nearly $830,000 in the first quarter for her re-election, a period when she attracted nationwide attention for polarizing remarks on Israel. The Minnesota Democrat drew many contributions from out of state and ended the quarter with more than $606,000 cash on hand....

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Skip the ham this Easter, and let salmon do all the work for you

A bagel slathered with cream cheese and draped with luxurious slices of smoked salmon is up there on the short list of reasons I’d actually be happy to venture out of bed on the weekends. Also on this list is Easter brunch — or as I’d like to call it, “Spring Thanksgiving,” which presents...

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Young survivors of fatal Big Lake house fire released from hospital

BIG LAKE, Minn. — A family member says two children who survived a house fire in Sherburne County that killed their father and two siblings have been released from the hospital. The uncle of the children’s mother, Jim Tully tells KSTP-TV the surviving children, 7- and 9-years-old, are back home...

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Police: Homeowner shoots man in his St. Paul yard who fled from stolen car

A St. Paul homeowner shot and wounded a man after police say he fled into his yard after crashing a stolen car on Tuesday. Paramedics took the man to Regions Hospital with non-life threatening injuries after the shooting in the Payne-Phalen area. The homeowner, who police said is cooperating with...

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Salted Nut Roll Ale from Tin Whiskers Brewing: We love a good local collaboration, and it doesn’t get any more St. Paul than Pearson’s Candy, which has been making delicious candy bars in the Twin Cities for 100 years. Tin Whiskers, which is celebrating its fifth anniversary this year, had...

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A well-known philanthropist has given Hastings a $100,000 donation to fully fund repairing the Veterans Athletic Complex soccer fields damaged last month when two men drove on them and did “doughnuts.” The city council on Monday accepted the donation from Caroline Amplatz, a former attorney and...

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Dear Abby: Girl with Asperger’s gets little attention from Dad

DEAR ABBY: My husband is more interested in hanging out with his friends than caring about our 11-year-old daughter who has Asperger’s syndrome. She’s a great kid and smart, but she has challenges and needs help. It falls to me to do everything with and for her. I need him to participate more...

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‘Mary Tyler Moore Show’ actress Georgia Engel dies at 70

LOS ANGELES — Georgia Engel, who played the charmingly innocent, small-voiced Georgette on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and amassed a string of other TV and stage credits, has died. She was 70. Engel died Friday in Princeton, New Jersey, said her friend and executor, John Quilty. The cause of...

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